Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answer questions during a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Las Vegas, in which he and Salazar anno

 

              Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answer questions during a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Las Vegas, in which he and  Salazar anno
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, left, and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar answer questions during a news conference, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012, in Las Vegas, in which he and Salazar announced a plan that sets aside 285,000 acres of public land for the development of large-scale solar power plants. The government is establishing 17 new "solar energy zones" on 285,000 acres in six states: California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Most of the land,153,627 acres, is in Southern California. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson).